Having witnessed his mother’s struggles with an unemployed and alcoholic husband, Christopher Bégin feels pushed towards a life of petty crime. When he’s caught, it convinces the young man to head towards Montreal. Resourceful, he lands a job at a car wash run by Roger, a mobster who teaches him the lucrative trade of bank fraud.
Anxious to earn money quickly, Chris gets caught up in more and more bold ventures. One of them is to buy a beautiful inn, owned by a retired couple, and then drive them to ruin with lawsuits. Chris pretends to be a wealthy investor and Gabrielle, the couple's daughter, finds him attractive and charming.
She even reassures her father, who tends to be suspicious by nature. However, when the father is proven right, Chris’s moral senses are wakened, and he realizes he needs to free himself from Roger's hold.